1. What is thanksgiving?
It's a holiday to express thankfulness and gratitude God, family and friends for which all have been blessed of material possessions and relationships through the year.
2. Who were the pilgrims?
The Pilgrims were an English religious group, who initially fled England to Holland in 1609. They did so to escape persecution, having chosen to break away from the teachings of the mainstream Church of England. Concerned that their children were becoming attached to the Dutch way of life and that their people were losing touch with their English identity, the Pilgrims chose to leave Holland to establish a colony in the New World.
3. What is the Mayflower?
Is the name of the ship in which Pilgrims went to America. Mayflower set sail from England in July of 1620 and It finally got underway on September 6.
4. Who were the Wampanoag?
The Wampanoag are one of many Nations of people all over North America who were there long before any Europeans arrived, and have survived until today. Their name, Wampanoag , means People of the First Light.
5. What happened to the Pilgrims during the first winter?
The first winter was very harsh for the new settlers. The cold temperatures and snow interfered as the Pilgrims tried to construct their settlement. Out of the original group of Pilgrims, only about half survived the first winter.
6. What did the Wampanoag do for the pilgrims?
They taught the Pilgrims how to hunt, fish and grow corn.
7. Why did they celebrate the first Thanksgiving?
Because the Pilgrims had a very successful harvest in October and had plenty of food for the upcoming winter, so they proclaimed a day of celebration and thanksgiving sometime in the middle of October. The Pilgrims invited many Indians to join in the celebration. The Thanksgiving feast lasted for three days.
8. When is Thanksgiving Celebrated now?
The last Thurday in November